Criniger flaveolus Gould, 1836. Two races recognized. OTHER COMMON NAMES
English: Ashy-fronted bearded bulbul; French: Bulbul flaveole; German: Weisskehlbulbul; Spanish: Bulbul Barbudo de Frente Ahumado.
8.6 in (22 cm). Brownish crest, back olive-brown, lemon-yellow breast and belly, white fluffy throat. Wings and tail have rusty tinge. Sexes alike. Juvenile resembles adult but crest not as prominent and browner belly.
Himalayas to northeastern Myanmar.
Bushes and undergrowth in dense forest.
Noisy, heard more than seen. Often in groups of up to 15 birds which are aggressive in mobbing birds of prey. Prefers lower story of forest. Song a nasal "cheer" or loud clear "teek, da-te-ek, da-te-ek." Frequently puffs out throat and fans tail. Resident, may move altitudinally.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Mainly berries, also insects.
Breeds April through July. Builds low nest in undergrowth, usually within 3 ft (1 m) of ground.
Not threatened. Locally common.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦
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